Monday, January 26, 2009

Character Reputation

New writers often hear from editors that their character's are "thin" or "two-dimensional". Part of developing a character is to create a reputation that comes through on the written page. It helps the reader form an opinion of whether or not they like or trust the character. This doesn't mean you tell the reader that your protagonist is a tough guy or a sweet girl. Instead, the key is to let the reader rub elbows with your characters so they walk away with their own impressions.

Pumping Your Muse Writing Prompt:

Today's prompt challenges you to create a character's reputation. It may or may not reflect who they really are, but that's not issue for this prompt.

Write up to three paragraphs which introduce a character. Visually develop the character's reputation--but here's the snag. Write this scene without the use of dialog. Instead use:

*Body language
*Manner and style of dress
*Other people's reaction to the character

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Chad said...

Thanks. This is a great blog. I will definitely be checking in often for inspiration.

Donna Sundblad said...

Thanks Chad,

My freelance load has been quite heavy recently (not complaining) so my posting has been less regular. But there's plenty here in the archives to visit when I'm off writing for a living.

Really, thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to let me know you enjoy the blog.